Fifth about The Seventh

Rise (En Corps)

Rise: the story told by Cédric Klapisch in this film is a great feel-good tale. It follows a ballerina who, after suffering a serious injury, must step back and re-evaluate her passion and her life. While the film may not be, in broad terms, original, it still is a delightful experience. The enchanting Marion Barbeau plays the protagonist; obviously, she can dance, but she also manages to efficiently project the character’s sadness over what she sees as a lack of perspective. Denis Podalydès, playing her emotionally distant father, has one beautiful scene. François Civil and Pio Marmaï have small roles that lean towards the comic side, and they are both hilarious, particularly the first. The film’s looks are what one would expect; cinematographer Alexis Kavyrchine, alongside production designer Marie Cheminal, shows a romantic, dream-like image of both Paris and the seaside of Brittanny. That matches the overall mood of the story. The dance scenes, both ballet and contemporary, are very well-put together.

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